When eating out, who & how do you explain about the PA

Posted on: Tue, 08/14/2007 - 12:56am
hollya's picture
Joined: 05/10/2007 - 09:00

From a Mother that doesn't take her son out very much to eat, because of his allergy & age (almost 2)..hahaha. Who do you ask to speak with, always a manager, or just the server???? And how do you state the importance of the PA allergy in regards to finding out what to order. What excatly do you say?

Posted on: Tue, 08/14/2007 - 1:13am
k9ruby's picture
Joined: 03/25/2004 - 09:00

"I have a life threatening allergy to all nuts. Please could you advise me and check with the chef whether this meal contains or has been prepared near them?"
If we think they don't get it then we ask to speak with the chef or just leave.

Posted on: Tue, 08/14/2007 - 4:02am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

"It is very important that my daughter's food not be prepared on any surface which has been in contact with eggs or nuts. She has a life threatening allergy to nuts and eggs. If you are unsure of [i]anything[/i] regarding her food, we would prefer that you check it with us first."
(And then we order her the [i]plainest[/i] food possible-- asking for suggestions regarding a la carte selections-- and insisting that any condiments be served on the side.)
We also visually [i]inspect[/i] that food [i]extremely carefully[/i] once it arrives, to make certain that no sauces or seasonings we haven't authorized have been added inadvertently. (Like oil on the skin of a baked potato, for example.)
This also presupposes that the restaurant simply [i]does not have peanut ANYTHING[/i] on its menu at all. We won't take DD into such a place, even with her own food. At a place that doesn't have plain enough menu selections, we simply state that DD will be eating her own food because of the severity of her food allergies.

Posted on: Tue, 08/14/2007 - 4:54am
lilysmom's picture
Joined: 07/20/2007 - 09:00

The card K9ruby has is the best one for restaurants. With a PA DD and a husband who is a chef we go out often. Talking to the chef works best, my husband had that experience right after DD diagnosis, son of family had MFA DH fixed his meal separate from everywhere else, family had a great time. At chains I call ahead and ask to speak to the manager and then when arriving I again ask to speak to the manager to remind them of the phone call and then I tell the server. Basically I tell whoever will listen to me.
Here are my rules:
Fine dining: talk directly to chef
Chain restaurants like Friday call ahead then talk to anyone who will listen
Local places like the pizza place talk to owner if there or manager.
It has worked and we have safely eaten many places. I also bring food just in case or I leave and go somewhere else.
Hope this helps

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